I often hear melodic tunes coming from Orchid class but this afternoon I was invited to a live performance of Frere Jacques, which was superb. Not only did the children sing well, but their pronunciation of French is progressing so strongly, it was a pleasure to be invited. not only that, the song was performed in 3 groups in the round, which made it even more special. Well done everyone!
Elsewhere, around Westwood, Clover class were being incredibly artistic with colour mixing their dinosaurs and loving it, whilst Thistle class were on a sound walk, listening for unusual sounds around the school. I am sure there were many and just by using your ears it is always interesting to gain a different perspective of the school. After yesterday’s visit to the pool, I have no doubt that Lotus class have a number of future Olympians in the making…
Speaking of sports, i attended a PE meeting yesterday to find out more of the cluster sports events which are taking place regularly. I now have dates and events, so will let you know these, so that your children can take part, if they would like to.
It was one of those occasions today when I actually stopped to think about how quickly this term is going and it’s hard to believe we are almost 7 weeks through. Having been out this morning on a course, I was grateful to be back in school with the children again and the French tones coming from Orchid class were, once again, extremely pleasant, lots of good pronunciation and laughter, which is always lovely to hear. Learning should be fun.
With some intricate images coming through the copier I was intrigued to find out what Lotus class were working on, so took my daily stroll around school to see some fine and detailed art work in full flow. Using pencil only, the children were working extremely hard to replicate their chosen work of art and the shading and concentration was excellent. We do have some super artists. In Clover class pencils were also working furiously, but with control, as they practised their handwriting. I also had the joy of sharing a wonderful piece of work on connectives from a year 2 child this afternoon and it shows how the practice is paying dividends in the children’s extended writing. On a final note, I still can’t walk through Thistle class without smiling at the brilliant rocket they have for their space topic and the way the children use it for role play – it is magical. If you get the chance, pop in to have a look, it’s so creative and imaginative.
Don’t forget the disco on Thursday evening, so get your dancing shoes ready, it’s sure to be a great night!
Today’s post has more of a continental flavour to it as I spent much of the afternoon listening to a really inspiring French session in Orchid class. French singing, lovely pronunciation and children who were clearly engaged in their learning. Over the past few weeks I have noticed the progress, just when listening from my office and the confidence in speaking French is quite obviously developing.
In other news this evening – after yesterday’s science session on reversible and non-reversible changes, which left an auspicious singed aroma to the classroom, Clover class decided to focus their learning on independent writing. Not any easy task for some, but a lot of great effort and just rewards. Thistle class took their learning outdoors this afternoon and worked up an appetite with some super physical development whilst the artists in Lotus class got creative and had the opportunity to express themselves on paper.
All in all, a productive day, which started with the smartest sitters I’ve seen all lined up and ready to be photographed for posterity. Nothing beats the diversity and enjoyment of life in a school!
…another typical day here at Westwood! It’s always good to get out of the office and wander around school to see the learning taking place. Orchid class have been busy this afternoon practising their French and the sounds drifting into my office would suggest that they are progressing well. Lotus class are onto Harvest today, writing their poetic thoughts for our harvest assembly next week, accompanied by some delightful artwork in pastel and crayon. I will write to you later in the week with details of Harvest for this year.
Thistle class have ventured into the outdoors to make the most of our incredible grounds for some exciting games – a few top athletes in the making – and Clover class have just nominated their school Councillors after some super handwriting, joining in our new style. I shall very much look forward to our first meeting in due course.